The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, and Snoop Dogg are among the greatest MCs to ever breathe into a microphone. But while the three icons have combined for 33 GRAMMY nominations over the past 25 years, they have won a total of zero awards.
In a new interview on the Now What? podcast, Snoop told host (and former NFL running back) Arian Foster that he isn't butthurt about not winning a GRAMMY despite earning 16 nominations, but that doesn't mean he wants to talk about it.
"I don't focus on awards. But motherfuckers just be bringin' it up to me, and it make me mad when a n*gga bring it up to me 'cause I don't pay attention to it," Snoop told Foster. "N*gga, like, 'You know you got nominated 15 times for a GRAMMY,' and I'm like, 'I ain't trippin.' And then when it got to 17, I was like, 'Huh? Hold on.' Then I started looking at the n*ggas I lost to and I was like, 'Hold on, cuz.' THEN I started trippin'. I'm athletic, too. So I'm like, 'I'm better than you, n*gga.' It's bullshit. [laughs]."
It's been about 10 years since Snoop last released material worthy of any awards—GRAMMY or otherwise—but from 1993 to 2008, he walked away empty-handed after earning nods for several classic records including "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang," "Gin and Juice," "Still D.R.E.," "The Next Episode" and "Beautiful."
For those of you wondering which artists Snoop lost to in each of those categories (who he believes he's better than), that list includes (in order): Digable Planets, Queen Latifah, The Roots, Eminem/Dre. Dre and JAY-Z/Beyoncé.
Snoop certainly doesn't need a GRAMMY Award to solidify his outstanding career in hip-hop—no artist needs an award to confirm talent or greatness—but can Tha Doggfather at least get a lifetime achievement award?